WSR's Colin Turkington admits provisionally wrapping up his second career BTCC-title with two races left to run at the Brands Hatch finale is a 'big relief'.

Turkington, although having his lead cut after MG's Jason Plato won the opening race, hit the magic 44-point lead buffer heading into the final two heats, which means Plato can only mathematically match the eBay Motors driver.

Crucially though, Turkington has won more races than Plato this season allowing the 32-year old to clinch the title on count back should the MG driver make an unlikely charge to draw level on points.

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Turkington said after finishing the first race that the 2014 title win has been the result of an ongoing championship crusade since deciding to rejoin the series back in the winter of 2012.

"Relief and pure happiness. This is what you work for from the start of the year. This has been 2012 when we decided we want to try and do this," said Turkington.

"To actually get it over the line is a great relief for everybody. There are never any guarantees that you're going to win it even with a 50 point lead. You don't allow yourself to believe it's going to be an easy task. We drove a good race; the team have given me a strong car so we got the job done."

The WSR driver almost took matters into his own hands from fourth on the grid after a risky attempt of an overtake around the outside into turn one almost put him immediately ahead of the MG's.

Ultimately Turkington had to filter back into third position and stayed for the entirety of the race as the MG's notched up another one-two finish.

"My philosophy has always been to race and to go on the attack. I didn't want to change that approach," he continued.

"Going around the outside at Paddock Hill corner, I wouldn't advise anybody to do that! But I found myself in that position, purely because Jason didn't get a great start and Sam got a better one - so I was almost forced there but couldn't get to the inside."

His route to success didn't stop there however as Mat Jackson and Adam Morgan lurked behind the Ulsterman's 1 Series while Triple Eight's Sam Tordoff defended Plato's position in front. Turkington admitted it was vital to keep Jackson behind in order to avoid any unnecessary race.

Turkington had to deal with two safety phases amid a crash strewn Brands Hatch encounter.

"Yeah that's when it was the most dangerous after the safety car. You always suffer a bit more understeer for a lap or two," said the WSR driver.

"I knew I could have been in big trouble if Jackson had got past. I knew we had more speed than him but if he gets past then you have to take risks. I definitely needed to keep him behind."